3 things

The film is centered in and around a hotel where the police is negotiating the terms of a witness protection deal with Mikael, the prime suspect of a big money deposit robbery and an expert on explosives. In order to agree to the deal Mikael demands three things from the police: that his former girlfriend is brought to him, that the police bring him the contents of a box he has in storage, and that he is served butter chicken from his favourite restaurant. The police, under heavy time pressure to get him to witness the following day, agree.

3 Things is an intense chamber piece made by the debutant director Jens Dahl. In the central role of Michael, we find a playfull and convincing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (known for his role as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones), who plays cat and mouse with both the prosecuting authorities and the Serbian mafia.

  • Program
  • Original title
    3 ting
  • Director
    Jens Dahl
  • Producer
    Caroline Schlüter Bingestam, Jacob Jarek
  • Writers
    Jens Dahl
  • Photo
    Adam Wallensten
  • Actors
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Lærke Winther, Jacob Ulrik Lohmann, Morten Holst
  • Playtime
    1h. 28min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Profile Pictures
  • Sale
    TrustNordisk
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Beyond Dreams

When Mirja gets out after serving jail time, she decides to listen to her mother, escape her destructive past and pursue a new life – but her old gang has been waiting for her, and they don’t think highly of Mirja abandoning their mutual dream. Mirja attempts to draw a line between who she was and who she claims to be now, and has to fight every day to keep her past in the past.

Beyond Dreams is about who you’re expected to be and who you want to be, both among your peers and in society at large. Rojda Sekersöz delivers a gut-punching coming-of-age drama about friendship, loyalty, identity and social standing in her debut movie – a refreshing and funny film about young women.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Dröm vidare
  • Director
    Rojda Sekersöz
  • Producer
    Annika Hellström, Agneta Fagerström-Olsson
  • Writers
    Johanna Emanuelsson
  • Photo
    Gabriel Mkrttchian
  • Actors
    Evin Ahmad, Gizem Erdogan, Malin Persson, Segen Tesfai
  • Playtime
    1 h. 32 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    2afilm
  • Sale
    NonStop Entertainment
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Dan-Dream

In the early 1980s, the entrepreneurial businessman Thorkild throws himself into a revolutionary project. A project not many people believe in, but he gathers an eclectic team of specialists to help him out. However, as soon as the crew moves to the provinces to start working on the project, they come up against serious problems, because nobody there is ready for a man with Thorkild’s grand ideas. Nonetheless, he defies the law of Jante and sets all sails to ensure the success of his visionary venture: The Electric car known as «Dan Dream».

From the team behind the TV series hit Klovn comes a no-holds-barred-comedy that captures everything that was wrong with the 80s, based on the true story of the Danish electric car adventure «Hope Whisper». The comedy is a well-written and popular homage to the wacky entrepreneurs, and especially Frank Hvam shines in the role of awkward Jens, who is hounded by his dissatisfied wife when he is not commanded by his uncompromising boss Thorkild.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Dan Dream
  • Director
    Jesper Rofelt
  • Producer
    Jesper Zartov
  • Writers
    Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam
  • Photo
    Jesper Tøffner
  • Actors
    Frank Hvam, Peter Gantzler, Casper Christensen, Mia Lyhne, Magnus Millang, Niclas Vessel Kølpin
  • Playtime
    1 h. 36 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Danmark
  • Age limit
    6
  • Production
    Nutmeg Movies
  • Sale
    Nutmeg Movies
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Garden Lane

Eric and Elin reminisce about the dark, magical summer when they first met. They were just kids and their parents, Linda and Peter, were drug addicts. During a few violent but beautiful months they all lived together as a family. As Linda and Peter were torn apart, the children had to fight to survive. And then, to live.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Trädgårdsgatan
  • Director
    Olof Spaak
  • Producer
    Sofie Palage
  • Writers
    Gunnar A.K. Järvstad
  • Photo
    Kristoffer Jönsson
  • Actors
    Karin Franz Körlof, Simon J. Berger, Emil Algpeus, Nike Ringqvist, Eva Fritjofson, Linda Molin
  • Playtime
    1 h. 50 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Primodrom Produktion
  • Sale
    The Yellow Affair
  • Distributor
    Svenska Filminstitutet

Loving Pia

A work of fiction, the film is developed from the life of – and starring – a real woman, Pia, who is intellectually disabled. Pia is 60 years old and she lives in rural Denmark in the care of her mother Guittou, 84. In the story, Guittou is getting old, and Pia worries about what will happen when her mother dies. She is afraid of being left alone. Although Pia has never had a boyfriend, she thinks that she needs to find a man to love in order to survive. Then Pia meets a man called Jens at the harbour. Pia embarks on a quiet and simple relationship with him, not realising that in the meantime it is her mother who is left alone.

Loving Pia is a beautiful, gripping and charming drama full of moments that are easy to find recognition in. The film has a patient narrative tempo and an observational style that invites both laughter and wistful reflections on old age and loneliness, but also about the little magic moments in Everyday life – of which there are many in this movie.

  • Program
  • Original title
    At elske Pia
  • Director
    Daniel Joseph Borgman
  • Producer
    Katja Adomeit
  • Writers
    Daniel Joseph Borgman
  • Photo
    Daniel Joseph Borgman, Catherine Pattinama Coleman
  • Actors
    Pia Skovgaard, Céline Skovgaard, Jens Jensen, Putte Jensen
  • Playtime
    1 h. 39 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    Adomeit Films
  • Sale
    Adomeit Films
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Small Town Killers

The two craftsmen, Ib and Edward are tired of their lifeless marriages to their wives, Gritt and Ingrid, and dream of living the good life using the stash of money they have earned moonlighting for years. After a huge fight with their wives the two men get drunk and hire a Russian hitman to kill the women. But they have badly underestimated Gritt and Ingrid, and this becomes the start of an absurd journey where Ib and Edward end up being chased by a hitman themselves.

Director Ole Bornedal, known for Nightwatch, I Am Dina and the mini-series 1864, delivers a thrilling, black comedy that draws inspiration from films such as the Coen brothers’ Fargo, in the sense that a little idea gets out of hand and becomes a bloodbath – anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time is suddenly in harm’s way in the small Danish town Nibe.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Dræberne fra Nibe
  • Director
    Ole Bornedal
  • Producer
    Miso Film
  • Writers
    Ole Bornedal
  • Photo
    Dan Laustsen, Linda Wassberg
  • Actors
    Nicolas Bro, Ulrich Thomsen, Mia Lyhne, Lene Maria Christensen, Marcin Dorocinski, Gwen Taylor
  • Playtime
    1 t. 30 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Danmark
  • Age limit
    9
  • Sale
    TrustNordisk
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Star Boys

Star Boys is a story of two families being torn apart by disintegrating moral values when the sexual revolution arrives at a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland. The film takes us inside the lives of two families through the eyes of the children, 13-year-old Star boys, forced to observe from too close a distance the consequences of their parents’ sexual  liberation and endless need for love and freedom.

Star Boys, whilst dealing with heavy themes, is ultimately a warm and positive survival story portraying the persistence and capacity of children to get over even most difficult experiences in life.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kaiken se kestää
  • Director
    Visa Koiso-Kanttila
  • Producer
    Silva Mysterium, Dragon Films
  • Writers
    Visa Koiso-Kanttila
  • Photo
    Jarkko T. Laine
  • Actors
    Vili Saarela, Olavi Angervo, Antti Luusuaniemi, Pihla Viitala, Malla Malmivaara, Tomi Enbuska, Risto Tuorila, Eeva-Maija Haukinen, Janne Raudaskoski
  • Playtime
    1 h. 22 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Silva Mysterium, Dragon Films

The Ex-Wife

The girlfriend, Klara, is madly in love and all she wants is to be close to Jacob. The mother of two, Anna, clocks the time it takes her husband to bring a warm bottle of milk to their baby. The ex-wife, Vera, can’t let go of her former husband. Combining humor and warmth, The Ex-Wife tells the story of three relationships and three women, in which the characters The Girlfriend, The Wife and The Ex-Wife are brought together in a ruthless, yet very enjoyable satire of the stages in a relationship – from infatuation to divorce.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Exfrun
  • Director
    Katja Wik
  • Producer
    Marie Kjellson
  • Writers
    Katja Wik
  • Photo
    Martin Top Jacobsen
  • Actors
    Maria Sundbom, Nina Zanjani, Ellen Olaison, Robin Keller, Karl Linnertorp
  • Playtime
    1 h. 30 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Kjellson & Wik
  • Sale
    Triart Film
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

The Oath

A celebrated surgeon and devoted family man sees his daughter slipping away from him at the hands of a sleazy drug dealer. The drastic measures he takes to save her trigger a profound ripple effect that will change his family forever.

After a string of Hollywood action hits (2 Guns, Everest), Baltasar Kormákur returns to his native Iceland to direct and star in this tense, intimate thriller.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Eiðurinn
  • Director
    Baltasar Kormákur
  • Producer
    Baltasar Kormákur, Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson
  • Writers
    Ólafur Egilsson, Baltasar Kormákur
  • Photo
    Óttar Guðnason
  • Actors
    Hera Hilmar, Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson
  • Playtime
    1 h 43 min
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Production
    RVK Studios

Wendy and the Refugee Neverland

An offbeat hypermarket assistant gives herself one more year to fulfill her dream of making it big with her indie rock band.

Wendy and the Refugee Neverland is the self-titled story of Krisu’s band and her all-in bid to fulfil her dreams even as they start to dwindle, in this unique take on contemporary life.

  • Program
  • Director
    Olli Ilpo Salonen
  • Producer
    Olli Ilpo Salonen
  • Writers
    Olli Ilpo Salonen, Minka Kuustonen, Juha Pulli, Joonas Kääriäinen
  • Photo
    Hannu Käki
  • Actors
    Minka Kuustonen, Joonas Kääriäinen, Juha Pulli, Jonas Saari, Antti Wiklund, Antti Heikkinen, Linda Wiklund, Joonas Snellman
  • Playtime
    1 h. 27 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland
  • Sale
    Saara Toivanen

Winter Brothers

We follow two brothers in a mining environment through a cold winter. The youngest of the brothers is restless, hopelessly in love and mostly concerned with distilling liquor from various solvents he steals from the workplace. When one of his colleagues is admitted to hospital after drinking his liquor, the whole environment turns to him, and when he feels betrayed by his brother as well, he becomes more erratic than ever before.

Winter Brothers is a lingering, atmospheric and unpredictable drama that rewards a patient audience with a gripping depiction of exclusion and a longing to belong. The film is driven by lead actor Elliot Crosset Hove, who delivers a threatening screen presence reminiscent of Robert De Niros Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Director Hlynur Pálmason graduated from the Danish Film School in 2013 and was chosen for Toronto International Film Festival with his short film Seven Boats in 2014. This year he opens the Locarno Film Festival with his debut film Winter Brothers.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Vinterbrødre
  • Director
    Hlynur Pálmason
  • Producer
    Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason
  • Writers
    Hlynur Pálmason
  • Photo
    Maria von Hausswolff
  • Actors
    Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Peter Plaugborg, Michael Brostrup, Lars Mikkelsen
  • Playtime
    1 h. 33 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Denmark/Iceland
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Masterplan Pictures
  • Sale
    New Europe Film Sales
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport